What is the Schools of the Future podcast?

Schools of the Future is a series of conversations with school leaders, ed tech founders, and other on-the-ground innovators who are changing the world of learning. Hosted by five friends who met at the Harvard Graduate School of Education during the pandemic, this podcast is our way of exploring the world of education innovation, and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Meet the hosts

Rodrigo Medeiros

Rodrigo is a technologist and learning designer with a master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He works in tech and currently participates at the Next Level Lab as a Research Assistant. Rodrigo is interested in the intersection of technology-facilitated learning and learning sciences.

Gleb Lantsman

Gleb Lantsman is an education professional and a graduate of the Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has an extensive background in teaching English as a Foreign Language and exam preparation. His personal interests include amplifying best practices in for-profit education and motivating adult learners.

Fenton Hughes

Fent is a product manager who has made more than one failed app and a few successful things too. He studied educational technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is endlessly interested in distributed learning environments and project-based learning.

Aliya Shaikhina

Aliya is engaged in various social education projects in her home country - Kazakhstan. She is passionate about supporting equity in education for children in rural areas by encouraging English language and social-emotional learning with her team, and also, building cultural bridges through storytelling and weekly language exchange among urban adults. In her daily job, she works on promoting and protecting U.S. commercial interests working for the U.S. Government. Most recently, she studied education technology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, tinkering with a web application for children. She is interested in culturally relevant pedagogy, SEL and project-based learning.

Lydia Cao

Lydia is the founder of BirdHouse, a wholesome homeschool co-op based on playful and collaborative learning. She recently completed her PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge, England. Lydia will join Harvard Graduate School of Education as a postdoctoral fellow next year to conduct research on climate education and green jobs. Lydia has extensive experience and expertise in teaching, learning sciences, and educational technology including virtual reality. A firm believer in education and social equity, Lydia mentored youth from underprivileged neighbourhoods in Montreal, designed a professional development programme with teachers in Pakistan, and founded BirdHouse to support the homeschool community during the pandemic.

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